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    Laptop options...

    Yup, I'm still looking for that new computer but now I'm looking into laptops simply for the mobility and size. I have limited living space.

    Anyway, here is my thing. I take lots of photography and need alot of space to keep photos. I do back up all my photos, online or on discs, but I still need space.

    Would a laptop have that kind of capability? Which would you suggest? I plan on going to Best Buy in the near future to look around but thought I'd ask here.

    Thank in advance!
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    Re: Laptop options...

    Space is irrelevant if you want to keep your photos. You should never store them on the device you use for downloading and editing anyway. Color correct, edit, touch-up, and then move into storage (with redundant back-ups, but of course only if you want to keep them)

    Assuming you are getting a relatively recent model. 240GB is not unreasonable in a laptop. That stores several thousand high resolution photos in RAW format and leaves ample space for a whole suite of programs and photo tools. External drives are cheap. A 500GB USB Maxtor is currently $109 at FRY's

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    Re: Laptop options...

    Well, like i said, I back up everything and will be getting an external drive soon for a third way of backing up. So backing up is not a prob. Thanks for the input.

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    Re: Laptop options...

    So then if you can get a big enough hard drive installed - that is the biggest concern? What other features will you need? 17" screen? Bluetooth as well as WiFi? 2 or more GB of memory (to cover the onboard graphics chip)?







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    Re: Laptop options...

    Clara,

    Not sure what you budget is, but you can check these out just for comparison...

    http://www.apple.com/macbook/macbook.html

    These run Intel Core 2 Duo processors, and you can actually run Mac OS X and Windows at the same time if you ever need to (with Apple's free Bootcamp software.)

    Or just go to your local Apple store to check them out.
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    Re: Laptop options...

    ^^ That's what I want.... a MacBook. Until I can pony up the fundage, my Acer will tide me over.

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    Re: Laptop options...

    Asus have some nice laptops.

    Storage is something you should get in a USB powered enclosure. Use your internal disk as fast scratch and recent.. long term move off board.

    Laptops are all about deciding which factors are most important to you.. because everything is a compromise. Then finding which fits your needs best.

    Size
    Weight
    Battery Life
    Screen Size
    CPU speed
    Graphics capability
    Built-in I/O

    Things like memory and disk storage are easily supplemented. But doing something like adding a firewire card all the time because you have a DV cam you want.. would be more annoying then picking one with FW built in, etc.

    Decide a size/weight area.. then look at the cpu+video combos that the different brands offer.. and usually their packaging options will filter down the list to a handful.

    For instance, I prefer thinkpads, but the last laptop I put together needed to be more gamer friendly.. lenovo is using workstation optimized 3d chips now, rather then more mainstream gaming chipsets, so my normal was out.. so I picked an Asus this time.
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    Re: Laptop options...

    Oh just FYI - I got an HP last week and love it very much

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    Re: Laptop options...

    Quote Originally Posted by clara View Post
    Oh just FYI - I got an HP last week and love it very much
    Two things to watch:
    1. The fan. They tend to be placed poorly and cause the machine to heat up.
    2. The power plug connects tend to be weak and easily break (cable and in the machine).

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    Re: Laptop options...

    Quote Originally Posted by lazyboy97O View Post
    Two things to watch:
    1. The fan. They tend to be placed poorly and cause the machine to heat up.
    2. The power plug connects tend to be weak and easily break (cable and in the machine).
    I have an HP...the power plug would never be an issue, not weak at all and I do not see how it could ever get stuck in the "machine"

    as for it getting hot, yes it gets quite warm, but every laptop I have ever used gets warm during use.

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    Re: Laptop options...

    Quote Originally Posted by clara View Post
    Oh just FYI - I got an HP last week and love it very much

    Which HP did you get?







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    Re: Laptop options...

    Get yourself a chill pad. It's a thing that you set the laptop on and it has a fan or 2 that blows air up into the bottom of the unit to keep it from overheating.

    The one I have is made by Targus and it works pretty well. Best Buy currently has it on sale for $18.99 (reg $33.99):

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1074788100200

    You plug it into a USB port and it draws it power from the laptop. They also make one that has a 4 port USB hub built in so you're not taking away from your USB ports:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1093469291003

    Also, if you don't like the touchpad, look into getting a travel mouse.

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    Re: Laptop options...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sambo View Post
    Which HP did you get?
    HP Pavilion Notebook

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    Get yourself a chill pad. It's a thing that you set the laptop on and it has a fan or 2 that blows air up into the bottom of the unit to keep it from overheating.

    The one I have is made by Targus and it works pretty well. Best Buy currently has it on sale for $18.99 (reg $33.99):

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1074788100200

    You plug it into a USB port and it draws it power from the laptop. They also make one that has a 4 port USB hub built in so you're not taking away from your USB ports:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1093469291003

    Also, if you don't like the touchpad, look into getting a travel mouse.
    I will be getting a mouse. It's not that I don't like the touchpad. I just like to use a mouse.

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    Re: Laptop options...

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    Sweet - a dv2415nr. My wife got the dv9500z, the 17" version.

    She did find that the 1 GB of memory and Vista causes a slowdown. (it's the shared video memory that takes a big bite right off the top) Adding another 1GB DIMM ($50 at Fry's) did the trick.







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    Re: Laptop options...

    ^^I'm planning on adding more memory to my laptop before the year is done (it's expandable for up to 4GB). Until then, I just got a 2GB flash drive that utilitizes Windows ReadyBoost to help improve the performance of Vista. So far it's working!

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